Daily Minyan will resume in the fall



Shabbat Schedule:  Friday, Shabbat, Sunday - July 20 - 22.
Torah Reading: Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1 - 3:22
Haftora: Isaiah 1:1-27

Shabbat Candle Lighting: 8:05 PM
Shabbat Ends: 9:10 PM
Fast begins (7/21): 8:22 PM
Fast ends (7/22):  8:53 PM
Pirkei Avot: We do not say Pirkei Avot this week
Shabbat Chazzon
Friday, July 20 - Erev Shabbat
Early Minchah: 7:15  PM
Dvar Torah: Rabbi Fried
Early Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:30 PM   
Shabbat, July 21 - Shabbat Day 
Parshah Shiur: 9:00 AM
Shacharit: 9:45 AM
Dvar Torah: Rabbi Fried
Introductory, Learners Service with Rabbi Chayim B. Alevsky
10:00-11:00 AM, upstairs, 'Green' Room.

Kids Shul 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Followed by Kiddush - Approx 12:15 PM
Kiddush is sponsored by Dr. Stephen and Bella Brenner in honor the first Yahrzeit of Dr. Brenner's father, Shmuel Tzvi Ben Pinchas , 15 Menachem Av. We will celebrate a Siyum at the Kiddush with Rabbi Mendy Fried
***Followed by a Farbrengen in honor of Shabbat Chazzon*** 

Early Minchah: 6:15  PM
Shabbat ends: 9:10 PM
Maariv: 9:30 PM 
Sunday, July 22  
Shacharit: 8:30 AM
Midday: 1:02 PM
Minchah (with Talis & Tefillin): 7:30 PM
Ma'ariv & Havdallah; 8:53 PM

Shabbat Chazzon 

This Shabbat is known as Shabbat Chazon. It is so called because the opening words of the Haftarah for this Shabbat are “Chazon Yeshayahu, the vision of Isaiah.” Though the theme of the Haftarah is very sad, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev says that the inner meaning of this Shabbat is that each and every Jew is shown a vision - of the Third Temple. The message is: amidst all of the mourning and sadness, we must keep our eye on the goal - to heal the wounds of exile by bringing Moshiach and rebuilding the Third Temple.

Laws and customs for the Three Weeks, the 9 Days and Tisha B'Av
May these days be turned to joy and happiness with the coming of Moshiach immediately!
*The 17th of Tammuz is the date that the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Babylonians. (There were four other major tragedies that befell our people on this date as well.) Three weeks later, on the 9th of Av, the First Temple was destroyed. This time period between these two dates is known as the Three Weeks and a number of laws govern this period.
*This year, the 3 weeks begin on Sunday, July 1 and continue until after Tisha B'av (Sunday, July 22)..
*During the Three Weeks, one may not have a haircut, get married or listen to music or say the Shehecheyanu blessing. Doing construction which is not necessary for basic living is also postponed until after the Three Weeks.

*From Rosh Chodesh Av (Thursday evening, July 12) until after Tisha B'Av (the evening of Sunday, July 22, 10 Av), a number of extra restrictions apply, in addition to the regular laws that apply throughout the Three Weeks:

*During this time, we don’t eat meat or drink wine or grape juice (except on Shabbat).

*We don’t launder any clothes during this time. All laundry should have been done in advance of the Nine Days.

*We also don’t wear freshly laundered clothes. All clothes that we plan on wearing during the NineDays should have been worn for a few minutes before the onset of the Nine Days. This does not apply to Shabbat clothes.

*Bathing for pleasure is prohibited during this time.

*Siyumim - It is the custom in Chabad to add (in a halachically permissible manner) to simchah during these days. One way of doing this is to make Siyumim (completion of a tractate of the Talmud, see below). Such an event is considered a joyous occasion for all that participate. However, according to Chabad custom, no meat is eaten during these Siyumim (when they occur during weekdays). We will have a Siyum Friday night with Rabbi Avremel Fried and on Shabbat day with Rabbi Mendy Fried.

 Tisha B'Av

*Limitations on Torah study - From midday on Erev Tisha B’av, Shabbat, 7/21 at 1:02 PM, we do not learn those areas of Torah that we would not learn on Tisha B’Av itself. This includes virtually all Torah study except for the sad Midrashim which relate to the destruction, Halachah which relates to the fast day, the Book of Jeremiah and similar material. In addition, Pirkei Avot is not said. Note that this applies even though Erev Tisha B’Av is Shabbat when the laws of mourning generally do not apply.


*Minchah Shabbat afternoon – We will daven Minchah early on Shabbat afternoon at 6:15 PM. Afterwards, people can go home to eat their final meal before coming back to Shul for Ma’ariv at 9:30 PM.  

*The final meal before the fast - For the final meal before the fast, on Shabbat afternoon, 7/21, we may eat whatever we want, including meat and wine. Since it is Shabbat, we do not dip bread or an egg in ashes and we do not sit on the floor. Note that the meal must be concluded before sundown, at 8:22 PM

*The fast begins - The fast begins at sunset (8:22 PM) on Shabbat afternoon, 7/21. Note that other prohibitions, like wearing leather shoes and sitting on a low chair (less than 3 tefachim, handbreadths), do not begin until nightfall at the end of Shabbat, at 9:10 PM.

*Ending Shabbat – We end Shabbat at home at 9:10 PM by saying Baruch Hamavdil Bein Kodesh Lechol – Blessed is he who separates between the holy and the mundane. We then remove our leather shoes and refrain from sitting on regular chairs. Havdallah is not said. The Brachah on the Havdallah candle is said in Shul. One need not walk to shul, rather one can take a cab or bus - even though Ma’ariv has not yet been prayed.

*Ma’ariv – We will daven Ma’ariv in Shul and read Eichah beginning at 9:30 PM

*The 5 prohibitions – On Tisha B’Av we refrain from eating and drinking, anointing oneself, washing (even the hands), marital relations, and wearing leather shoes.

*Washing Hands - During Tisha B’Av, in the morning upon arising and after we use the bathroom, we only wash our hands up to the connection of the fingers and the palm. The blessing of Al Netilat Yadayim is still said (in the morning).

*Sitting on Chairs - We can sit on chairs (higher than 3 tefachim) after Midday, 1:02 PM, on Tisha B’av, 7/22.

*Tefillin - Tefillin are not worn at Shacharit on Tisha B’Av. They are, instead worn at Minchah. Therefore, great care should be taken to daven Minchah before Sundown, since Tefillin must be donned before sundown, though Minchah very often may start after that time. This is especially true of those that put on Rabbeinu Tam’s Tefillin. They must make sure to finish Minchah and put on their second pair of tefillin before sundown.

*End of Fast and Havdallah - The fast ends on Sunday night, 7/22, at 8:53 PM. Havdallah is said on a cup of wine but we do not use spices or a Havdallah candle. The wine does not need to be given to a child to drink.

*Washing the hands - After the fast, we wash our hands as we would normally do upon awakening, washing each hand up to the wrist three times alternately, but without saying a blessing.

*After the fast - All prohibitions for the 9 Days, including not doing laundry, taking haircuts etc, end right after Havdallah. However, except for the wine at Havdallah, we do not eat meat or drink wine until the next day, Monday, 7/23.

*Kiddush Levana – Kiddush Levana is said after the fast.


Extra Learning for the Three Weeks 

The Rebbe has emphasized that in addition to mourning the loss of the Temple during the Three Weeks, we need to do positive things during this time in a spirit of working towards the rebuilding of the Third Temple. One thing in particular he suggested is the study of the Laws of the Temple, Beit HaBechirah, from Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah. By studying about the Temple, we can hasten its rebuilding.

Here is a quote from the Rambam’s Laws of the Beit HaBechirah (Chapter 7:1 - 2):

"There is a positive commandment to hold the Temple in awe, as [ Leviticus 19:30] states: "And you shall revere my Sanctuary." Nevertheless, it is not the [physical building of] the Temple which must be held in awe, but rather, He who commanded that it be revered.

It is superfluous to say that it is forbidden to spit on the entire Temple Mount. If one must spit, he should let it be absorbed in his clothing. How is reverence for it manifest? A person should not enter the Temple Mount holding a staff, or with sandals on his feet, or wearing only underwear, with dust on his feet, or with money wrapped in his kerchief.

One should not take a shortcut through the Temple Mount, by entering from one gate, and leaving from the opposite one, in order to shorten the way. Rather, one should walk around from the outside, entering only for the purpose of a mitzvah."

To learn more about the Laws of the Temple, click here and here and here.

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In addition: 

It is important to give more Tzedakah than usual during the Three Weeks. Tzedakah is a key element in bringing about the redemption as the prophet Isaiah says, “Zion shall be redeemed with justice and its captives (returned) with Tzedakah.” Even a few extra coins each day (except Shabbat) into a pushka (charity box) is very meaningful.

The Talmud tells us that the Temple was destroyed because of baseless hatred between people. Thus, the remedy for the destruction and the key to rebuilding the Temple is to increase in loving our fellow Jew.

Halachic Times

Earliest Talit & Tefillin (latest of the week): 4
:50 AM
Latest Shma (earliest of the week): 9:18 AM  
or all halachic times, see